Joy and Sadness… can the two work together?
We so often hear that we must be joyful. In everything give thanks! Joy comes in the morning!
And yet, I believe that God’s heart had sadness as well. That in the middle of all He created, when people disobeyed and went against His will, He experienced sadness and/or anger. We know He got angry at the Children of Israel when they built the golden calf. He did not want His children, created in His image, to go against His Word.
Different personalities will struggle with sadness in different ways. Some people seem to live in it. Others always seem joyful.
How should we handle it when grief comes? Should we allow ourselves to “live in the moment” of our feelings? Feelings and emotions, real as they are, usually do not reflect the creation God made us to be.
I’m asking myself questions this week as I have been “quarantined” and resting. I’ve forgotten what it means to “stop.” My mind keeps spinning. In these moments of continuous struggle in my head, I’ve felt guilt, happiness, sadness, breakthrough, and so many other emotions.
Last night it came to a head and I literally just felt like giving up. Wondering if there really are answers to the questions. Asking myself if I really make a difference… Knowing in my head that what is happening here on earth is NOT what reflects His heart. Realizing that what I “feel” is NOT what He says I about me…
In the midst of all the questions I still have this sense of peace and even joy. I know WHO my Creator is and WHO loves me more than anyone else does…
Can my heart and mind really have all this dichotomy in it?
In these times of questions I often find myself turning to the Psalms for support and encouragement. As I read them I find comfort in the fact that David often felt the same way I do. David was a man of ups and downs. He lamented the fact that people had turned from God. He rejoiced in the blessings of God.
So, I found yet another Psalm that was my encouragement for the moment. We live step by step and moment by moment. Day by day…
Psalm 61 For the leader. With stringed instruments. By David: Hear my cry, God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth, with fainting heart, I call out to you. Set me down on a rock far above where I am now. For you have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength in the face of the foe. I will live in your tent forever and find refuge in the shelter of your wings. (Selah) For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Prolong the life of the king! May his years go on for many generations. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever!Appoint grace and truth to preserve him! Then I will sing praise to your name forever, as day after day I fulfill my vows.
Thank you, friends, for listening to my rambling today. May we all encourage one another each and every day to really TRUST Him and find FREEDOM in Him.